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    1. A monthly house bulletin of Defence Research & Development Organisation ■ Vol. 32 No. 6 ■ June 2012 India tests Long-range Missile Agni 5— Joins Exclusive Club I ndia’s long-range strategic missile Agni 5, with a range of more than 5000 km, was successfully test fired on 19 April 2012 from the Wheeler’s Island, Odisha. The missile followed the entire trajectory in a textbook style. The three propulsion stages and composite rocked motors, developed indigenously by DRDO, performed well. Ships, located in mid-range and at the target point, tracked the missile and witnessed the final event. Radars and electro-optical systems along the path monitored all the parameters of Agni 5 and displayed these in real time. also congratulated scientists on this important event. National Security Advisor Shri Shiv Shankar Menon, while congratulating DRDO, said that the event is a milestone in the long-range missile era of India. Air Marshal KJ Mathews, C-in-C, SFC, who witnessed the launch, said that the success of Agni 5 is a historic event for India. Dr VG Sekaran, DS and Director ASL, Dr SK Chaudhari, OS and Director RCI, Shri AK Chakrabarti, OS and Director DRDL, Shri SP Dash, OS and Director ITR, and Shri Guruprasad, Director (Engineers), Pune, were present during the launch operations. Shri RK Gupta, Project Director, guided scientists and employees of DRDO during the launch activities. Many new technologies developed worked successfully Agni 5. The redundant navigation very high accuracy ring laser gyro-based inertial navigation system (RINS), and the most modern and accurate micro navigation system (MINS) ensured that the missile reaches the target point within few meters of accuracy. The high-speed onboard computer and fault tolerant software along with robust and reliable bus guided the missile flawlessly. R&DE indigenously in systems, the team of Hon’ble Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh congratulated Dr VK Saraswat, SA to RM, Secretary Defence R&D and DG DRDO; Shri Avinash Chander, DS and CC R&D (MSS) and all the scientists of DRDO for making the country proud. Shri AK Antony, Hon’ble Raksha Mantri Top (L to R): A jubilant Dr Saraswat, Dr Sekaran and Mrs Tessi Thomas after the successful launch of Agni 5. Below: Shri Avinash Chander, Dr Sekaran and Dr Saraswat at the assembling site.

    2. Maiden Flight of the Modified AEW&C Maiden flight of the modified aircraft for the indigenously developed Indian Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&C) was held on 4 April 2012 at the San Jose dos Campos in Brazil. The necessary mission systems and components including the dummy Active Antenna Array Unit (AAAU) were successfully fitted onboard Embraer EMB 145I aircraft. Dr VK Saraswat, SA to RM, lauded the efforts of the project team and excellent work done by them. “Modified aircraft fitted with the dummy antenna unit performed very well”, informed Dr Saraswat. informed that the AEW&C system has been indigenously developed in a consortium mode with the help of DRDO labs and Indian industrial partners. This marks an important milestone in the AEW&C Programme as this aircraft will be delivered in June 2012 to India. The other mission systems will then be integrated on to the aircraft. The mission system flight trials are likely to commence from November 2012. Apart from the external mission systems developed indigenously and fitted on this aircraft, rest of the internal systems will be integrated into the aircraft on arrival to India. DRDO has contracted to procure three EMB 145I from Embraer and this aircraft will be the first delivery towards meeting this endeavour”. CABS, a premier DRDO lab, is the nodal laboratory entrusted with the responsibility of delivering the AEW&C system. Shri G Elangovan, DS and CC R&D (Avionics), DRDO, in his message after the successful flight congratulated the entire team of Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS) and associated workcentres and the team at Embraer for their efforts. Dr S Chrishtopher, Director CABS and Programme Director AEW&C 14th Successful Flight of Rustom1 Indigenously Rustom 1 made its 14th successful flight on 8 April 2012 at Kolar. It attained height of 11, 500’ above ground level and speed of above 140 kmph during 2 h 10 min of cruise. The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), a DRDO lab at Bengaluru, had its maiden flight in November 2009. The flight was successful in view of all the parameters achieved by the UAV which was weighing around 690 kg. Take-off weight of the Rustom 1 was heaviest so far and lean mixture control designed and developed system in the engine was used. Extended range of about 50 km was tried for the first time. The way point track was perfect and so were take-off and landing, etc. This UAV has the potential military applications like reconnaissance and surveillance, target acquisition, target designation, communications relay, battle damage assessment and signal intelligence. Rustom 1 will attain a maximum altitude of 22, 000’ with endurance of 12-15 h with an operating range of 250 km when fully developed. 2 June 2012

    3. DRDO Celebrates National Technology Day The exponential growth that surveillance systems like mini, micro unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), systems like swarms of robots, etc., need to be developed. There will be more and more convergence of bio, nano and information technologies, he added. While lauding the efforts of DRDO scientists and technologists for many recent successes like the successful flights of interceptor missile, in technological capability of the country in vital areas of Defence, atomic energy and space during the last decade has provided a strategic edge to the country and helped to boost its image, said Dr VK Saraswat, SA to RM, while delivering the Presidential Address at a function organised by Defence Science Forum Dr Bhagavantham torium, Metcalfe House, Delhi. He recollected the contributions of scientists like Dr Homi Bhabha, Dr Satish Dhawan, Dr Vikram Sarabhai, and Dr APJ Abdul Kalam to the nation during his speech and said there is a lot to be learnt from their lives. “Events like the first nuclear test in 1974, then in 1998, the launch of the first missile, roll-out of first Arjun tank or the first flight of light combat aircraft Tejas, have had great impact on the technology map of the country. I am proud that the DRDO team has made tremendous contribution to all these achievements”, said Dr Saraswat. Emphasising the need to develop green and sustainable technologies, he said that the aim of all technological progress has been to improve the quality of life and instill a sense of confidence in people. Earlier, technology was driving the way wars were fought but in future, security needs of the country will drive technology, he added, giving examples of emerging threats like cyber warfare and insurgency. Low intensity conflicts that involve dealing with our own brothers and sisters necessitate development of suitable technologies that are non-lethal. intelligent (DSF) at Audi- Agni 4, Agni 5 and LCA Navy, he also charted out the future roadmap for the Organisation. He said there are many emerging areas such as hypersonic technology, stealth and anti-stealth technologies, underwater communication technology, quantum computing, robotics, and allied technologies to develop unmanned fighting vehicles that need to be mastered. The work on many of these technologies is already going on in DRDO. polymer electronics, Earlier, three DRDO scientists gave presentations on specific DRDO achievements. Dr DK Dubey, Sc F, Defence Research and Development Establishment (DRDE), Gwalior, spoke on Identification of Chemical Warfare Agents and their Markers. Dr S Sai Kumar, Sc F, Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad, spoke on Development Technologies for Composites and Ceramics, and Ms V Sangamithra, Sc F, Electronics Research and Development Laboratory of Machining (LRDE), luru, the Challenges in Developing Weapon Locating Radar (WLR), a force multiplier in the battlefield. The WLR developed by DRDO Benga- spoke on the Speaking about future technology areas, he said is 3 June 2012

    4. GTRE, Bengaluru capable of locating the enemy mortars, shells, and rockets with more than 95 per cent accuracy. These three scientists and orators from Delhi-based DRDO laboratories received Commendation Certificates and Titanium Medals from Dr Saraswat. SA to RM also released DRDO Technology Spectrum, a compilation of Technology Day Orations of 2012. The Spectrum was compiled, edited and published by Defence Scientific Information and Documentation Centre (DESIDOC), Delhi. Dr AR Upadhya, former Director of National Aerospace Laboratory (NAL), Bengaluru, was the Chief Guest at the National Technology Day function. In his address Dr Upadhya said that India needs simple and cost-effective innovations to meet the urgent requirements in the overall development of the country and added that the younger generation should come out of fear conscious to experiment with their new and innovative ideas on a trial and error method to seek success. Dr A Subhananda Rao, DS and CC R&D (Aero) and Director GTRE, in his Inaugural Address said that this year the country is proud to have many successful events like successful launch and flight of Agni 5 and LCA (Navy), respectively, which gave India unique position in scientific field in the world. On the occasion, Shri Tarique Hussain, Sc C, also delivered the Technology Day Oration on Rotating Oil Tank. National Technology Day signifies the glorious achievements of Indian science and technology and is celebrated all over the country after the successful nuclear tests on 11 and 13 May 1998 at Pokharan. The function was attended by Chief Controllers, Directors from DRDO HQ and Directors and staff of Delhi-based DRDO laboratories. Earlier, welcoming the audience, Dr Anil K Maini, OS and Director, Laser Science and Technology Centre (LASTEC) and Convenor, DSF, stated that recent DRDO successes especially the maiden flight of Agni 5 have made every citizen proud. Brief description of activities held at various DRDO labs/estts is given below. MTRDC, Bengaluru Smt R Hemamalini, Sc D, delivered National Technology Day Oration on Miniature Broadband Travelling Wave Tubes for Microwave Power Modules ―Technological Perspective. NSTL, Visakhapatnam ARDE, Pune Inaugurating the celebrations at Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL), Visakhapatnam, Shri SV Rangarajan, OS and Director NSTL, stressed that the success achieved with the recent launch of Agni 5 missile should inspire us to perform better. He motivated the younger generation to excel in their fields. Shri B Mohana Rao, Sc D, delivered a talk on High Performance Multi-processor DSP Hardware for Shri Pramod P Kale, President, CASP and former Director Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre was the Chief Guest of the National Technology Day function. He gave a lecture on Latest ISRO Radar Imaging Satellite. Shri Gaurav Kumar, Sc B, gave an oration on Hypervelocity: Beyond Conventional Propulsion and was presented with Medal and Certificate of SA to RM by the Chief Guest. contd on page 11... 4 June 2012

    5. Unit Day Celebrations CVRDE, Chennai Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment, Chennai, celebrated its Unit Day on 26 March 2012. Dr P Sivakumar, Director, CVRDE, Shri K Krishnamurthy, Associate Director (L) and Shri R Venugopal, Associate Director (M) presided over the function. Shri Dindukkal I Lioni was the Chief Guest and Shri Benjamin Lionel, Director of Combat Vehicles and Engineering, DRDO HQ, was the Guest of Honour. The celebration started with the Welcome Address by Secretary, Celebration Committee. Shri N Thiyagarajan, Sc F and Chairman, Celebration Committee, also briefed the audience. This was followed by the addresses by leaders from SC/ST Welfare Association, INTUC, AIDEF and JCM IV. Shri K Krishnamurthy, made a brief address to the gathering on this occasion. through his speech on Maanuda Samuththiram Naan Endru Koovu. The lecture comprised both humour and thought-provoking messages. Employees and their wards presented a cultural programmes including dance, drama by women employees, mimicry show and singing of songs. Awards of different category covering Laboratory Scientist of the Year Award, Cash Award, Best Kaizen Award, Best CVRDEian Award, awards for Sports and Hindi were given to the meritorious employees. The programme concluded with the vote of thanks by Vice Chairman, Works Committee, and rendering of national anthem. Dr P Sivakumar in his speech listed the significant achievements of the CVRDE during 2011. He also made a presentation on health for the well-being of the employees of CVRDE. A video show, describing the achievements of all the Divisions of CVRDE was also made for the benefit of the employees. This was followed by a lecture by Shri Dindukkal I Lioni. He made the audience spell-bound by captivating them Operationalisation of Accelerated Desert Environmental Test Facility at DLJ Extremely hot desert environment adversely affects performance of defence equipment. To address this problem, Defence Laboratory, Jodhpur established a walk-in-chamber [8 m (L) x 5 m (W) x 4.5 m (H)], which can test a system/sub-system (under operating condition/idle) up to 3.0 m (L) x 2.5 m (W) x 2.5 m (H), capable of simulating hot desert climate, in terms of Solar radiation, temperature and humidity. The facility is programmable generate desert diurnal cycle and accelerated conditions as per MIL STD 810F, Test Method No. 505.4, Procedure 1 and 2 and other tailor-made test profiles. The facility is equipped with a dedicated 60-channel data the life and to (DLJ), has of size acquisition system and is available for testing to all the DRDO laboratories and Armed Forces. 5 5 June 2012

    6. Manpower Development Activities Conferences/Seminars/Symposia/Training Courses/Meetings DIHAR, Leh Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR), Leh, organised a Users’ Interactive Workshop under the chairmanship of Lt Gen Ravi Dastane, AVSM, VSM and GOC 14 Corps on 24 March 2012 at Leh-Ladakh. Progress of the ongoing R&D programmes at DIHAR was reviewed. The Chairman lauded the efforts of DIHAR for its unflinching commitment towards its R&D efforts for cold arid agro-animal technologies making contribution towards the well-being of the troops posted in ‘L’ sector. Communication EW Systems on 26 March 2012. Shri Raghavaiah explained the nuances of communication EW and the challenges in meeting growing demands of EW system. Shri SP Dash, Director, DLRL, presented him with a certificate and medal. The Laboratory also organised a two-day Workshop on System Engineering and Failure Analysis during 27-28 March 2012 for the senior scientists and Project Directors of the laboratory. The faculty, comprised three professors from the International School of Engineering, Hyderabad. Various issues related to reliable system engineering, failure analysis techniques, and some case studies were discussed during the Workshop. Users’ interactive workshop at DIHAR The proposed R&D programmes to be taken up by the Institute during XIIth five year plan were discussed in detail. Valuable inputs received from the Services were appreciated by Dr RB Srivastava, OS and Director, DIHAR, who said that such Workshops help DIHAR in better understanding of the need of the soldiers in cold desert conditions and formulating the research programmes of the Institute accordingly. Those present on the occasion included Brig N Srinath, Brig Med; Brig Amrit Pal Singh, Brig Q; Brig MS Jodha, Brig ASC; Brig RS Grewal, VSM, Commandant, 153 General Hospital; Col S Chaturvedi, Col ST of 14 Corps and scientists of DIHAR. INMAS, Delhi �Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), Delhi, organised the 3rd CBRN (medical) course during 20-23 March 2012 for medical and para- medic personnel. The course was primarily for service officers but few civil institutes were also invited to send medical personnel for training. Dr RP Tripathi, OS and Director INMAS, inaugurated the Course. Maj Gen KJ Singh, ADG (PP); Dr BS Pandey, CAPE, and Shri CL Bhairam, AMD, were the Guest of Honour. DLRL, Hyderabad Science and Technology forum of Defence Electronics Research Laboratory (DLRL), Hyderabad, organised a lecture by Shri G. Raghavaiah, Additional Director, DLRL, on Advanced DSP Technologies for The focus of the course was on nuclear and radiological emergencies/disasters. Adequate time was also given to diagnostics and medical management of biological and chemical disasters. The highlight of the 6 June 2012

    7. in the Course were economics of e-resource, and management, change management, IPR issues, open access resources, e-books and their evaluation, digital preservation of e-resources, users education, tips for e-resource management, etc. The faculty comprised Dr Kalpana Dasgupta, Dr SC Jindal, Dr Yogendra Singh, Dr AL Moorthy, Shri Sukhdev Singh, Dr Usha M Munshi, Dr BB Sahoo, Dr M Natarajan, Ms Nishy, Prof. Uma Kanjilal, Dr Ramesh Gaur, Prof. HK Kaul, Dr Sangeeta Kaul, and Dr MG Sreekumar. Course was demonstration, hands-on and teaching through video films for better understanding and lasting effect. Seventy participants including medical officers and nursing staff from different military and paramilitary units like DGBSF, ITBP, CAPFS, AFMC, AMC, Army Hospital, AMD, etc., attended the Course. Fifteen doctors from AIIMS Trauma Centre; UCMS, Delhi and Narinder Mohan Hospital and Heart Center, Gaziabad, also attended the Course. The faculty for the Course comprised scientists from INMAS and doctors from AIIMS. Dr AK Singh, Director HRD, DRDO HQ, was Chief Guest at the valedictory function and distributed certificates to the participants. Dr Rajeev Vij, proposed the vote of thanks. � A two-day internal training programme on Quality Management System and Laboratory Management for NABL Accreditation was organised by INMAS during 30- 31 March 2012. The Programme was designed to cover all the aspects of quality management and requirements for NABL accreditation as per ISO 15189:2007. Besides lectures on Quality Management System, the lectures on related and essential aspects were also delivered by invited external and internal faculty. An important feature of the Course was demonstration-cum-lectures held at AMD, DAE, and AIIMS Trauma Centre. Exhibition of relevant products in the Conference Hall Annexe of INMAS was also a centre of attraction. Apart from products from INMAS, a number of other agencies, viz., AMD, BRIT, CFEES, DFRL, 3S Instruments, M/s Sagar Fossil Fuel Tech Pvt. Ltd, Arbro labs, and Kaya Care System displayed their products. �Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences and Defence Scientific Information and Documentation Centre (DESIDOC), Delhi, jointly conducted a special five-day National Training Course on Innovative E-Resources Management from 26-30 March 2012. The course was specially planned for training and updating knowledge of working LIS professionals at different DRDO labs/estts. The Course was attended by 38 participants from 17 DRDO labs/estts. The Programme covered variety of topics like quality management system, technical requirements, managerial requirements, documentation, validation, biomedical and radioactive waste management and sample collection procedures in clinical laboratory followed by practical demonstrations. Thirty-five internal participants attended the Programme. Five external and 10 internal faculty members shared their expertise. Prof. AK Dinda, Head Pathology, was the Chief Guest of the inaugural function and delivered a lecture on Laboratory Accreditation: The Need and Challenges. quality assurance, Dr KD Nayak, DS and CC (MED & MIST), DRDO HQ, inaugurated the Course. Dr RP Tripathi, OS and Director INMAS, Dr AL Moorthy, Director DESIDOC, and Dr Rajeev Vij, Sc F and Course Director, also attended the inaugural function. Dr Vij, briefed the participants need and purpose of the Course. The topics covered 7 June 2012

    8. INMAS Celebrates World Health Day Division of Health, Endocrinology Thyroid Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences Delhi, World Health (WHD) on 9 April 2012. WHD celebrated every year on 7 April to mark the anniversary of the founding Health Organisation (WHO). Each year a theme is selected to highlight a priority area of concern focusing on important health issues. The theme of 2012 was Ageing and Health— Good Health Adds Life to Years. This year’s WHD theme is in fact a reflection efforts of the Division of Health. An oration on emerging health issue of Kidney was organised as a part of our ongoing preventive campaign. Eminent Nephrologist Gen PP VSM, SM, Deputy and Research, on the (INMAS), organised chronic diseases Day is health Maj Varma, of World Commandant and Dean of Army Hospital (R&R) was the distinguished orator. The Programme began with the welcome Address by Dr Mitra Basu, Sc E, Division of Health. Dr Tarun Sekhri, Sc F and Head, Division of Health Endocrinology and Thyroid Research introduced the orator and emphasised on the importance of health as a holistic goal for all DRDO employees. Division of Health, Endocrinology and Thyroid Research of INMAS has the unique distinction of dealing with different areas of medical research and patient care. The core emphasis of the Division is on the complete Health of all DRDO employees. The main focus of actions is directed towards collective action to prevent, detect and treat any health-related events as early as possible. Maj Gen Varma, a well known clinician, teacher and academician in the field of Nephrology, gave an insider’s view on the emerging problem of renal disease in India. Apart from discussing the clinical and pathological manifestations of the disease, he also gave an insight into the role of micro albuminuria as a dynamic marker in predicting outcomes of ESRD, coronary artery disease and stroke. He clarified various queries of the audience and also expressed willingness to take part in any collaborative field research activities. The Division has undertaken many initiatives in preventive as well as curative management of various health issues. Currently it is engaged in health status evaluation study of all DRDO employees with special emphasis on the coronary risk factors. More than 15,000 DRDO employees have been evaluated under this study where all major coronary artery risk factors have been assessed using biochemical and physical parameters. Each individual was intimated about his/her health status and necessary advises and interventions were given. Dr RP Tripathi, DS and Director, INMAS, felicitated the orator. Dr Mitra Basu, proposed the vote of thanks. To commemorate the WHD a medical screening camp was organised at INMAS on 10 April 2012. Random blood sugar were done to screen for Diabetes Mellitus and HbA1c was done in some known diabetics. About 92 patients attended thyroid clinic at INMAS. 8 June 2012

    9. Personnel News Microbiology; Immunologist and Specialist in Infectious Diseases; Veterinary Public Health Association; Indian Leptospirosis Society, and member, AFSTI. Appointments DFRL, Mysore DCV&E, DRDO HQ Dr Harsh Vardhan Batra has been appointed Director, Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL), Mysore wef 1 May 2012. Dr Batra completed his MVSc and PhD both from Haryana University in 1977 and 1985, respectively. He worked as Head of Department in National Institute of Immunolgy, New Delhi, from 1984-1990 and joined DRDO in 1990 as Sc D in Defence Research and Development Establishment (DRDE), Gwalior. Shri Benjamin Lionel has been an alumnus of Sainik School, Amaravathi Nagar, and completed his postgraduation in Physics from American College, Madurai, in 1983. He completed his MTech in Applied Optics and Optical Instrumentation from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, New Delhi, in 1985. On campus selection from IIT, Delhi, he was posted to the Instruments Research & Development Establishment (IRDE), Dehradun, as Sc B. While at IRDE he was involved in the design and development of the fire control systems/devices for Arjun MBT. He was transferred to Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE), Chennai, in 1989 and has been an active member of the Arjun MBT development programme since then. Mycobacteriology Dr Batra has made many technology innovations in the area of molecular biotechnology, immunoassay technology, construction of synthetic genes, and construction of chimeric genes/proteins. A breakthrough was achieved by him in hybridoma technology to rapidly generate specific high affinity monoclonal antibodies and has developed a number of diagnostic kits/systems for the detection of important biowarfare agents, which are extremely useful for onsite investigations of biological emergencies arising out of natural outbreaks. He has also prepared biodefence programme for the country. He has vast experience in system design, development, testing, evaluation and proving of various fire control system (FCS) and vision devices on MBT Arjun, right from the prototype stage. He has participated in all the firing trials of Arjun MBT and has made significant contributions in proving the firing performance of Arjun. He was involved in configuring the gunner’s main sight (GMS) and the commander’s panoramic sight (CPS) for Arjun and ensured acceptance of the equipment by the users. Dr Batra is recipient of many awards/honours/ recognitions including National Institute of Immunology Product Development Award in 1988; and DRDO Technology Cash Award in 1996 and DRDO Scientist of the Year Award in 2002. Besides, he has also been awarded for presenting Best Paper Award by a number of organisations Dr Lionel was on deputation to the High Commission of India, London, as Technical Adviser (Defence) from July 2006 to September 2009. As Sc G, he was heading the Integrated Fire Control Systems and the Trials and Product Support Division at CVRDE till the time he was selected and posted as Director Combat Vehicles and Engineering (DCV&E), at DRDO HQ, New Delhi. He has to his credit 114 publications in national/ international publications, 12 chapters in national and international books and nine patents. He has guided 25 PhD students also. Dr Batra is a life member of Indian Immunology Society; Association of Veterinary 9 June 2012

    10. Superannuation Higher Qualification Acquired DFRL, Mysore DIPR, Delhi Dr AS Bawa, OS and Director, Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL), Mysore, superannuated on 30 April 2012. Under his dynamic leadership, DFRL lightweight convenient pack ration, which do not require any elaborate cooking or preparation for the Army, Navy, Air Force and Paramilitary Forces. Through his untiring efforts, DFRL developed a wide variety of food products of Indian dietary matching the mainframe palate of the country. A number of technologies, viz., self-contained self-heating system, structured fruits, shelf stable ready-to-eat meat products, Neera preservation, meat quality testing kits, zero energy coolers and antifreeze containers for fresh produce, memory enhancing nutraceuticals, medicinal foods, preserved paneer, frozen foods, ready-to-eat retort pouch processed foods, tender coconut water preservation, freeze drying of fruit juices, hurdle technology preservation of fruits, pulsed electric filed processed foods, microwave processed foods, high pressure processed foods, IR processed foods, photodegradable plastics, etc., have been developed during his tenure. Shri Devesh Nath Tripathi, Sc C, has been awarded PhD by the University of Delhi, Delhi, for his thesis titled Role of Self Construal and Context in Value Preferences among Adolescents. developed Shri Vijay Parkash, Sc B, has been awarded PhD by the Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, for his thesis titled Emotional Intelligence and Temperament as Moderators of Reactions to Stress. DLRL, Hyderabad Shri Lachiram, Sc E, has been awarded PhD by the Osmania University, Hyderabad, for Investigation and Optimisation of Process Parameters to Enhance the Performance of Microwave Antennas. his thesis titled PXE, Chandipur Shri N Nayak, Sc F, has been awarded PhD by Fakir Mohan University, Balasore, for his thesis titled Studies on Ballistic Evaluation of Aramid Laminated Composites Subjected to Impact of Projectiles. Dr Bawa is recipient of many awards including NN Mohan Memorial Award in 1986, 1999, 2007; M/s Gardner’s Award in 1989; DRDO Performance Excellence Award in 2004; AIFPA SK Mitra Memorial Award in 2007; Prof. V Subramanian Industrial Achievement Award in 2006; and Defence Technology Spin-off Award-2010. He has more than 236 publications and 160 presentations in national and international journals, seven book reviews, 68 filed/obtained patents, 54 reviews, 15 popular articles and 23 book chapters including two each in Encyclopedia in Food Science, Technology and Nutrition published by Academic Press, UK and Handbook of Fruits and Fruit processing published by Blackwell publishers. Shri Pranab Kumar DasGupta, Sc F, has been awarded PhD by Fakir Mohan University, Balasore, for his thesis titled An innovative Soft Computing based Method for Cluster Analysis in Data Mining. Shri HS Panda, Sc E, has been awarded PhD in Mechanical Engineering by IIT, Kharagpur, for his thesis titled Hydrodynamic Stability of Buoyancy Driven Chebyshev Spectral Method on Non- Staggered Grid. Analysis Using He has been member of various boards and advisory committees, and has guided a number of MSc, MTech and PhD candidates. Flows 10 June 2012

    11. Sports Round-up DRL, Tezpur team moved to Tawang (10,000’) through Sela Pass (13,700’) in early morning of 7 April 2012 and arrived Tawang at 1700 hr same day. On 8 April 2012 the team foot marched to famous Buddha Monastery of Tawang. Dr Vijay Veer, Director, DRL, delivered peace talk to local people. On the occasion of its Golden Jubilee (1962-2012), Defence Research Laboratory (DRL), Tezpur, organised Golden Jubilee Expedition from DRL to Tawang (364 km) from 6-10 April 2012. Altogether 71 participants from different laboratories of DRDO joined this expedition. Lt Gen Shakti Gurung, AVSM, VSM, GOC of HQ 4 Core flagged off the expedition. Though the expedition was in high hilly terrain and temperature also varied from place to place, the team completed the expedition successfully and returned to DRL safely. Lt Gen Shakti Gurung wished all participants grand success and briefly explained the services rendered by the Army deployed in Arunachal Pradesh. He also explained the history of local people, different tourist spots of Tawang. Expedition team arrived Bomdila (8,500’) on 6 April 2012. After night stay at Bomdila, the Defence Security Corps Championship for 2011-12 VIII Defence Security Corps Championship for 2011- 12 was held between various DSC platoons located within HQ Delhi Area. Inspection of lines and guard posts was carried out by the visiting teams which included checking of living standards, amenities provided, cleanliness and hygiene, maintenance of guard posts, area maintenance and standards of kitchen/dinning halls. 861 platoon of MHSU (I) was adjudged the Second Best Platoon in Area maintenance of HQ Delhi Area in this Championship. Maj Gen Rajbir Singh, VSM, Dy GOC, Delhi Area, presented the trophy and cash prize to the winner. contd. from page 4 ... He highlighted the indigenous efforts for the technology development of HgCdTe material, device processing and characterisation techniques for cooled IR detector arrays at Solid State Physics Laboratory (SSPL). He was awarded the oration medal and certificate by Dr VK Saraswat, SA to RM, in a function organised at Dr Bhagavantham Auditorium, Metcalfe House, Delhi. Sonar Receiver. He presented the architecture of the DSP board and inter-processor communication protocol used in the project Varunastra. Shri G Satheesh Reddy, OS and Associate Director, RCI, Hyderabad, delivered a talk on Missile Technologies covering various missiles developed by DRDO and the recent successful launch of Agni 5. Shri B Lakshmi Prasad, Principal Engineer, Delphi Automotive Systems, Bengaluru, also delivered a lecture on Active Safety: Usage and its Applications in Automotive Sectors. SASE, Manali Snow and Avalanche Establishment (SASE), Manali, celebrated the Day at Raja Ramanna Auditorium. Dr MK Surppa, Director IIT, Ropar, was the Chief Guest. Shri Ganesh Kumar delivered a lecture on Design of Multipurpose Instrumented Avalanche Rod. He was presented with a medal and certificate by Dr Surppa. SSPL, Delhi Dr Ravindra Pal, Sc F, delivered National Technology Day oration on the Infrared Focal Plane Array Technology. 11 June 2012

    12. ISSN:0971-4391 EDITORIAL TEAM VRDE, Ahmednagar VRDE felicitated him with a medal and a certificate. Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (VRDE), celebrated National Technology Day on 11 May 2012. Shri Thirumal Valavan, Sc B, delivered a lecture on Turbocharging of SI Engine. Dr CP Ramanarayanan, Director, Equipment and vehicle testing facilities were opened for the public display at test tracks of National Centre for Automotive Testing (NCAT) on the occasion. Ahmednagar, Visits to DRDO Labs/Estts CAIR, Bengaluru DIPR, Delhi �Lt Gen SP Kochhar, AVSM, BAR, VSM, ADC, SO-in-C, on 3 April 2012. Lt Gen SK Singh, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, Vice Chief of the Army Staff; Lt Gen JP Nehra, AVSM, Adjutant General, Indian Army and ADG Rtg Maj Gen Kanwaljit Singh, VSM on 26 March 2012. Lt Gen Kochar being briefed at Communication Secrecy and Secured Division. Prof. Manas Mondal, Director DIPR, briefing the distinguished visitors. � Task Force Committee on Defence Mod- ernisation and Self-reliance, on 18 April 2012. VRDE, Ahmednagar Maj Gen SC Jain, VSM, Cdr, HQ Tech Gp EME, Delhi, on 11 May 2012. The visiting officer was briefed about various ongoing projects along with equipment demonstration. DARE, Bengaluru Air Marshal KK Nohwar, PVSM, VM, ADC, VCAS, IAF, on 30 April 2012. Shri PM Soundar Rajan, Director, DARE, explaining Su-30 avionics upgrade simulator to Air Marshal Nohwar. Maj Gen Jain being briefed about Busk. The Editorial Team thanks DRDO Newsletter Correspondents for their contributions. 12 June 2012